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themselves against that. >> well, that was the follow. do they have any defenses, are there any defenses and what are they doing to prepare for the prospect if theyhink that it's real? >> reporter: they have nothing. they have absolutely nothing. the people here have not had anything to begin with to protect themselves from the bullets and the bombs, and most certainly when it comes to chemical warfare, they have no defenses whatsoever, bearing in mind, too, that this is a population that is not just struggling with the violence and the ongoing strikes and artillery raining around them, it is also a population that is barely able to make ends meet. the prices here have skyrocketed astronomically to the point where bread, something that is a basic commodity, has become something of a luxury. people are completely and totally helpless already in the face of the regime's air power and other artillery. they are going to be just as helpless in the face of any sort of chemical warfare if the regime does, in fact, decide to employ that. >> is there any sense among the rebels, the opposition, th
-sex marriage. the first one is about the defense of marriage act, windsor against the united states. edith windsor and her partner were married in toronto, canada in 2007. spire died in 2009 in new york at a time when new york recognized same-sex marriages that had been performed outside the side. when spire died windsor was required to pay $363,000 in federal estate taxes on her inheritance that she would not have had to pay if federal law had given their relationship the same status that opposite sex marriages get, so a pretty clean case here, an even the obama administration has already said it doesn't think the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act can withstand a legal attack. >>> the second case the court decided to take on is proposition 8, the california ballot initiative adding a state constitutional amendment in 2008 that said only marriage between a man or woman is valid or recognized in california. it overturned a court ruling that said same-sex couples have a right to marry. the cases are likely to be heard in march and decided some time in june. randi? >> joe johns
defense and protection of our ally, turkey. >> reporter: now, secretary of state clinton, this has just crossed the wires, is in brussels, and she says, and i quote: we stand with turkey in the spirit of strong solidarity, and she adds, we stand ready to take the necessary steps for the defense of turkey. syria, we should point out, is believed to have hundreds if not thousands of tons of these chemical agents and also everything several hundred ballistic missiles to deliver them. megyn: james, thank you. a little more context on securing syria's chemical weapons. up to 75,000 troops would be needed to do it. the risk of leakage is high. it took years for the u.s. to destroy its stockpiles, and complicating matters even more, there are reports that the terrorist group hezbollah has set up small training camps near chemical weapons depots in the area. >>> fox news alert now from egypt, a massive protest turning violent outside of the presidential palace, and now we're hearing the egyptian president, muhammad morrissey, has had to leave the palace. police were firing tear gas to stop demo
in brussels where nato leaders are sending patriot anti-defense missiles to turkey and warning syria of any thought of using chemical weapons. prince william leaves the hospital after visiting kate. she remains hospitalized for severe morning sickness. good day. i'm amount li-- andrea mitchell live in washington. the senate has managed to vote on something, rejected a u.n. treaty to extend rights to the blind and disabled, rights that have been the law of the land here in the united states since 1990. despite an emotional appearance from bob dole just out of walter reed, 89 years old, a passionate advocate for equal rights for the disabled since his first speech on the senate floor in 1969. joining me for our daily fix, kra, managing editor of post politics.com and capitol hill correspondents, nbc's kelly o'donnell and luke russert. kelly, to you, because this vote in the senate, john kerry led the way, it was bipartisan, in support. they needed 6 votes. it's a treaty, two-thirds of the senate and it failed. talk to me about all the ramifications here. >> it's not that often andrea, you kno
faith with the men and women who have suffered grievous disability in defense of our nation, and we owe them nothing less. this treaty is not about changing america. it's about america changing the world. but a vote here is a test of this institution. this vote is a test of whether the senate, which passed the civil rights act and the voting rights act and the americans with disabilities act, is still capable of voting to change things, let alone send a message that could change the world. i ask colleagues to do for the world what they've done for america -- walk down the aisle here and for millions everywhere who cannot walk make a stateme statement. raise your voice and vote for millions who are voiceless in their own lands. stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves. this is not about the united nations. this is about common humanity. and this vote is to test whether the senate will stand up for those who cannot see or hear and whether senators can hear the truth and see the facts. please don't let captain brzynski down, please don't let senator bob dole down. most importa
that kicks in, that will have a slow impact. it's not like the defense department will say stop building tomorrow. these are things in the pipeline, and these things continue for a long time before there is an impact. >> the administration can take steps to further mitigate what the see questions trace would inflict sequestration would inflict on the economy. there are things that they can do to limb the damage. the reason why there is such a big question mark hanging over there would be a deal or not the administration has run a hard line of late about tax rates needing to go up, and the decision-making process in the republican party is sort of become dysfunctional and irrational and even though they could potentially minimize the damage by voting to extend all the middle income tax cuts, they can't bring themselves to do it until after all the tax cuts expire. then obama, you know, is not necessarily bound by just that demand. he could come and ask to free up more revenue. as dan was saying, i think they hope that something in the market will make the democrats move quickly but if the
for right now in these talks. >> bret: ed henry, let's go down on the subject of defense cuts. doug mckelway has some of the specifics. they involve big numbers. >> for the first time since the passage of the budget control act of 2011, the pentagon today announced off camera briefing it's begun preparing for sequest race, and the harm it would do to national security. >> the white house said the mood should not be read as change in commitment to reach an agreement. >> this is act in response. that were is in stark contrast to the defense contractors in october. midst of the presidential campaign to hold off on issuing a 60-day notice of potential layoffs to workers required by law. >> for to us have gone this long a period of time, without making any preparations for it, i think is a gross disservice to the american people. >> for months the pentagon officials have been speaking descriptively about the impact of the cuts. >> face the prospect of budget sequestration. that would be devastating to national security. >> more detailed look comes from the economiststein fuller at george ma
: what has the navy said? >> reporter: the department of defense wasted no time saying they do not have any missing drones. they said the u.s. navy has accounted for all unmanned vehicles operating in the middle east. our operations are confined to international waters and space. how then might this drone have ended up in the hands of the iranians. it's possible they found it in the sea. they have been lost in the water but nothing recently. often the distance on the map, there is -- there is some frary an -- thereis some farsi and so. the farsi says "we'll trample on the u.s." iran is trying to squeeze out every ounce of propaganda from what it says it a u.s. drone. bill: we are working our sources at the pentagon stateside. martha: this comes amid new concern over tehran's nuclear program. its nuclear chief saying it will continue nuclear enrichment with intensity. it claim it needs it to fuel a nuclear research reactor. expert say that could be converted into a nuclear weapon. speaking of this nuclear site, inspectors say iran is poised to double the number of site to 1,400. let's g
. 55 billion in cuts to military spending would certainly hit california. >> defense aerospace big part of southern california economy so those cuts would develop effect there. >>reporter: this afternoon speaker of the house boehner delivered the g.o.p. proposal. which would reduce the national debt by 2.2 trillion dollars including 800 billion in new tax revenue but would leave the bush tax cuts to the top 2% in place. photo op today the president ignored reporter questions about that republican plan but later in a statement the white house rejected it. we believe a deal will be struck before the deadline and it will be the republicans that give ground. >> i think this time around obama has learned from his past mistakes and more importantly he has the advantage that if he does nothing he's in better shape than the republicans are. >>reporter: professor says republican holding the middle class hostage trying to force the president hand. problem is they can't afford to carry out the threat. if the g.o.p. is blamed for raising taxes on everybody because they were trying to protec
in europe. any deployment will be defensive only. it will in no way support a in fly zone or any offensive operation. >> syria possessions missiles. we know they have the chemical weapons. of course, they also would have to be included in our calculations. this is will the reason why it is a matter of urgency to ensure effective defensive protection of our ally, turkey. >>reporter: these missile batteries will be programmed only to intercept missiles coming from syria which will be in operation in a few weeks. >>shepard: the syrian president is being wanted not to use the weapons but are there signs he could be getting the message? >>reporter: the white house press secretary seems to think so. >> the president spoke of this explicitly and we had this conversation yesterday about another component being proliferation. it is you spy, syria, or proliferation of, the chemical weapons stockpiles. it is hard to imagine they are not fully aware of the seriousness of the president's position on this. >> secretary of state clinton is in brawls attending the nato foreign minister session. she emphas
] >> welcome again to the foundation for defense of democracy's annual washington forum. my name is kenneth schwartz. i have the pleasure of introducing distinguished public official robert kc, senior senator from the state of pennsylvania. you served since 2007 as chairman of near east and south asia subcommittee, senate foreign relations committee only in the first term. one can scarcely imagine a more challenging time, the past two years in the middle east have seen wars in international borders, collapse of regimes in decades and the rise of political movements that may yet turn hostile in the united states and its allies. new developments, he has led the way on many issues of great concern to ftd. he is founder and co-chair of the bipartisan senate caucus on weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, in that capacity worked across the partisan divide to highlight serious threats of -- weapons of mass deliberation. he has done as much to run our greatest threat in the middle east and often lead the way on pressure advancing nuclear activities and efforts to destabilize the middle east. in
president george w. bush appointed him secretary of defense. president obama asked him to stay at the pentagon making him the first defense secretary to serve in both a republican and the democratic administration, he left his post in june, 2011. at his farewell ceremony president obama awarded him the presidential award of freedom. >> the highest honor. >> this is a man i have come to know and respect. a humble american patriot. a man of common sense and decency. quite simply one of our nation's finest public servants. >> rose: today the united states face as wave of foreign policy challenges, including the pressing question of how to respond to the potential use of chemical weapons by the assad government in syria, the government warned him of the consequence conditions consequences he could expect. >> i want to make it clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching, the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. and if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> rose:
for defense of democracy. they are hosting a forum called "dictators and dissidents." we'll take you live to the event with remarks from incoming chairman ed royce and senator bob casey and talking about syria and tensions in iran coming up in a few minutes. we will bring you a portion of the morning portion of the discussion at the foundation for defense of democracy. this segment and this panel discussion focused on the egyptian elections. >> good morning everyone. thank you, bob, for that introduction and thank you all of you for coming out early this morning for what i think will be a lively debate. we are going to be asking the question if democracy is to triumph in the middle east, victories at the ballot box are inavoidable and essential. this is the motion we will be debating in the intelligence-squared format per requests from our panelists who have done this once already -- they have had a practice round. they have not had a chance of doing this, but i suspect, had probably had several scotches and talked about ways to defeat their foes. we know that this is a time of revolution
it and in addition, to the federal defense of marriage act. two different things. that act restricts federal benefits gay couples can get by defining marriage as something that exists between a man and a woman. 38 states have laws or amendments that outlaw gay marriage. north carolina the most recent state to prohibit it it but nine states, and the district of columbia have already legalized gay marriage or in the process of doing so now. this has been one of the most charged social issues in the marriage. polls indicate people support gay marriage. now we know within a matter of months the supreme court could help settle it once and for all. molly henneberg on fox top story live for us in washington this evening. molly, explain more cases about the justices are going to hear. >> the supreme court had seven same sex marriage cases in front of it and selected these two. windsor vs. the u.s. is the defense of marriage case or dome that case. specifically looking at part of the law that gives federal benefits such as tax breaks to heterosexual married couples, not to same-sex married couples. is that eq
cuts and tax increases but spending cuts particularly in defense. they don't want that. >> explain why what they agree on -- namely that the middle class, 98% of all taxpayers, that their taxes will stay the same, they will not go up. if everyone agrees at least on that, the president says, go ahead and pass that. why not just eliminate the 98% who won't have any changes, those making under $250,000? why not allow that to go forward? why are the republicans resisting on that. >> it could wind up there, wolf. but if the republicans lose that, they believe they kind of lose the leverage that they have. if they sort of give on that, then where's their leverage with the white house? so i think that in the end, wolf, if i had to bet -- and i don't like to bet on these things because they always disappoint -- but i would have to say that the one thing they are all likely to do at some point is to make sure the taxes do not go up on the middle class. but in order to do that, republicans want to get some concessions for that. it seems very easy to do that. democrats have done it in the past. a
by the department of defense to consider what ways we might also engage in terms of institutional development with the defense institutions and that's something in the last several years where we are ramping up in the department of the ability to provide advisers and other types of institutional reform engagement with various military partners to ensure that just as we are looking at strengthening of the tactical level we are also focusing on the institutional strength of these defense institutions. >> ms. dory can we afford to wait a year for planning, training, assembly of a regional force for the completion of negotiations for the successful election in some press accounts aqim is described as this point the best funded and best equipped most potentially lethal affiliate in the world and those accounts are overblown but the suggestion is we should have an area the size of texas controlled by terrorists engaged in drug trafficking and kidnappings that have had an inflow of some sophisticated weapons. can we afford to wait a year for the regional solution. >> i think one of the things as we
.s., the netherlands, and germany providing the weapons but the alliance stressed the move was defensive. >> the deployment of patriot missiles will serve as an effective deterrent and that way, diaz with the situation along the syrian-turkish border. >> russia is the one fly in the right man. the foreign minister said he would not block the move. a sign an old ally may be losing patience with president assaad. they hope deploying missiles will help stabilize tensions but the bigger concern is what is happening inside syria itself. specifically, what the regime might do with its stockpile of chemical weapons. syria has used much of its considerable arsenal to crush the rebellion. hidden from view it is believed to have developed a chemical weapons program and there are reports of activity, prompting this uncompromising western message. >> we are concerned for the same reason the united states has. we have sent our own clear, private message directly to them about the serious consequences that would follow from the use of such weapons. >> those consequences are not been spelled out and sy
to intercept any potential missiles coming from syria. and defense officials say any country that sends its equipment is likely to send their own troops to operate it we're told no one has signed deployment orders officially just yet. it's almost certain at this hour u.s. troops will be on the move. there is absolutely no indication our fighting men and women would cross into syrian territory. but the pentagon has told the obama administration it would require more than 75,000 soldiers to secure syria's chemical weapons stockpile. it's impossible to say exactly how much that would cost. but the price tag for that sort of operation could easily run into the billions of dollars. now, again, there is no indication at all that such an operation will happen any time soon. all this coming just days after president obama warned the syrian regime of consequences if it turned chemical weapons on its own citizens. and today secretary of state hillary clinton saying the world has made that perfectly clear to president bashar assad. >> we have sent an unmistakable message that this would cross a red li
on the diagnosis -- the docket on the defense of marriage act and a portion only recognizes marriage as between a man and a woman and has been challenged dozens of times. they agreed to take up a case dealing with defense of marriage act. two different cases but both going to the same issues. they are different on technical and legal points but the bottom line is the same and the court has told us it will hear two gay marriage cases and we expect the earliest to get on the calendar is march of 2013 so that means we will have a decision like we did with the president's health care law in late june next year. >>shepard: has the supreme court or members given any indication of where they are these days on these matters? >>shannon: when they grant the cases all we know there were four votes behind closed doors from the nine justices and it takes four votes to get the cases on the docket so there are that many who are interested. we thought they might take either of the defense of marriage act or proposition 8 but because they involve differences in the legal issues involved, it looks like they want
nothing, and here's the most important thing. he gets big cuts in defense which he would never get under a negotiated deal of any kind with republicans and democrats. he gets half a trillion dollars in defense cuts. yes, he gets a half a trillion dollars in cuts in domestic programs. they'll be much more than that in any negotiating deal, so this is actually a very good deal for the president to just say i'm putting forth good faith and if you don't do everything i want, then i've got a fall back i can live with. >> here's another thing that he says. maybe you ca can explain this. he's quoted as saying let tax rates on the upper income folks go up and then let's set up a process with a time certain at the end ofhere we will work on tax reform. we'll look at what loopholes, and he goes on. what american is ever going to believe a president or anyone else that later on the government is going to do this? i mean, does he think -- i mean, it's absurd. no american is going to trust that i'm here from the government and here to help you or don't worry, we're going to do this alert. >> it goes
. during that 60-days the military could either released the gas or destroy it entirely. today the defense secretary leon panetta echoed a warning from president obama that if syria uses chemical weapons on its own people there will be consequences. jay there is no question -- >> there is no question that we remain very concerned, very concerned that as the opposition advances in particular on damascus that the raw -- the regime may consider the use of chemical weapons. the whole world is watching. >> you heard secretary panetta mention do damascus. that's the site of some of the latest deadly fighting which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people. james rosen is at the state department, and secretary clinton held some important meetings on the matter of syria. any progress? >> reporter: good afternoon. secretary clinton met with russia's top diplomat and with the special envoy to the syrian crisis who said nothing sensational came out of it. but clinton and the russian foreign minister did agree to try to find some, quote, creative ways to end the bloodshed. and it looks like rus
, a defensive flair to detour antirebel runners, but that epitomizes the fear of which the serian people now live. rebel forces taking the flight to the assad regime inside the capital with a deadly explosion in the arab red crescent building outside the city. >> it's very clear the regime forces are being grounded down and that they are losing. >> in seeking to squash the uprising, he killed 40,000 people. president obama's top aids feel the fighting takes on a more gruesome character. >> we remain very concerned, very concern that as the opposition advances, in particular on damascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> senior u.s. officials confirmed to fox news that syria have fully mixed an unknown quantitity of the deadly nerve agent loading it on to breakable canisters, an aerosol form to be dropped from above. in dublin, secretary of state clinton met with the russian foreign minister whose regime steadfastly defended syrias, but that changed as the russian leader, close to putin said, quote, we have shared and do share the opinion that the existi
as heterosexuals as it rules on california proposition 8. justices will determine if congress under the defense of marriage act can depry legally married gay couples benefits that available to straight husband and wives. we'll have more on that with the panel in a little while. they can carry a tune all the way to the bank. but the top musicians backing up their rants against the 1%ers? that is coming up in the grapevine. up next, what happens if diplomacy fails in syria? begin. tomato, obviously. haha. there's more than that though, there's a kick to it. wahlalalalallala! smooth, but crisp. it's kind of like drinking a food that's a drink, or a drink that's a food, woooooh! [ male announcer ] taste it and describe the indescribable. could've had a v8. [ male announcer ] taste it and describe the indescribable. try running four.ning a restaurant is hard, fortunately we've got ink. it gives us 5x the rewards on our internet, phone charges and cable, plus at office supply stores. rewards we put right back into our business. this is the only thing we've ever wanted to do and ink helps us do it. ma
defense of marriage act as well as california prop 8 which bans gay marriage. more now from mark matthews. >> couple getting married here just not same sex couple. gavin browned breaking decision overturned by california voters in 2008 when they supported prop 8 ban on gay marriage. watching from the side rins today one half of the same sex couple elizabeth chase. >> you know this isn't the first time that i have watched a couple get married while talking about mawrj equality in san francisco city hall. i have been waiting for 3 years toen joy the same privilege that these folks are currently enjoying. >> also this afternoon john lewis and stewart who were married before the prop 8 ban. >> over 100,000 loving committed legally married same sex couple across the nation. an thousands or more to come soon with washington and mayor listened and maine having marriage equality now. >>reporter: san francisco city attorney is part of the legal team arguing against prop 8. >> i am gratified and confident very confident that the supreme court which is now going to be taking up the civil rights is
in jobs and programs. a spokesman for the pentagon said it could force the defense department to abandon its new military strategy. it could affect spending on weapons and technology programs, and on how the military provides for the troops. >>> two fbi raids in arlington today. officers searched the seventh floor of a building in the 1900 block of fort meyer drive that houses the university of management and technology, a private university. it offers associate, bachelor and master degree programs. cardboard has been placed on the university's windows. officers also searched a town home on 21st road in arlington. the fbi confirms it did serve two search warrants. it will not say what it is looking for. >>> police in virginia think somebody wanted the money in an atm and set a bomb to get it. the blast in fredericksburg, virginia, this morning did not do anything to the cash machine at virginia credit union, except give it a few burn marks. a bomb squad technician checked out the scene to make sure it was safe. the bank stayed open all day. police say there is surveillance video of the i
about energy when it was a forbidden topic in the defense department. this was through 2004. i got funding from the department of defense and it created the energy conversation. i want to get to a point that was brought up in number of times, having the american public understand this unbelievably complex story. i recommend you all watch alan alda's vido, "the flame." he asked what it was money was small and could not get an answer. he went up was done every university and they put on a worldwide contest to explain what a flame is to 11 year-old. they had 600 submissions and 6011 year old evaluated this. keep in mind how complex that is. i bought a book two weeks ago called "black gold" for my granddaughter by albert marin. i recommend of the academics in this room or anywhere. not many people are going to read or understand your report. a lot of what needs doing telling this story as that it has to be visual because it is so unbelievably complicated, interdependence, integrated, and for most of us, it just looks like chaos. i'm going to suggest that you do things like kids were st
of across the board tax increases for everyone, coupled with cuts in spending like defense, education, health care, and housing assistance. let's go live to our chief white house correspondent jessica yellin with the very latest. jessica? >> reporter: president obama has now personally turned down speaker boehner's opening offer to avert the fiscal cliff. he did it in a tv interview. what does president obama think of speaker boehner's proposal to avert the fiscal cliff? >> unfortunately, the speaker's proposal right now is still out of balance. he talks about $800 billion worth of revenues but says he's going to do that by lowering rates. when you look at the math, it doesn't work. >> reporter: he won't agree to eliminate a tax deduction for contributions to charity. >> every hospital and university and nonfor profit agency across the country would find themselves on the verge of collapse. so that's not a realistic option. >> reporter: but the president didn't say all this to speaker boehner. he said it in an interview on bloomberg tv. the last time the two men spoke was almost a wee
% of the city's economy is tied to defense spending. and in response to sea level rise, the navy has been replacing 14 piers at a cost of $35 million to $40 million apiece. >> sea level here is coming up for lots of reasons. there is no reason for it to go down. it just keeps coming up. >> reporter: larry atkinson heads the climate change and sea level rise institute at old dominion university. >> there is anecdotal evidence and there is real evidence that we have from the tide gauges we have. we can measure this. the science is simple. >> reporter: atkinson is part of a team of scientists the state of virginia has hired to study flooding. an early draft of the bill in the state assembly that funded the study drew criticism from some conservatives. the virginia tea party described the study on its website as: "more wasted tax dollars for more ridiculous studies designed to separate us from our money and control all land and water use." the final bill avoided the phrases sea level rise and climate change and won overwhelming bipartisan support this year. >> some people have tried to spin i
of seamless experience they deserve, then our job, secretary of veterans apairs and secretary of defense, we have to make it clear there's got to be good cooperation at all levels. this effort can want be about surf. it's got to be about serving our veterans. i'm very encouraged that the level of collaboration between the two departments, i believe, better than it's ever been in the past, yet, we have to reach much deeper into a level of collaboration that will meet needs of our veterans. we owe it to them to give them the tools they need to put their lives back together and pursue their goals whether it's getting a good education, best health care, or axeling in a new government, serving in government, or starting a business. as i said before, this is, in many ways, a national security issue. it goes to the heart of taking care of the people that fight for us, and ensuring that we can then recruit the very best force that's possible. part of that is making sure we maintain faith with our troops and with our families. we have to give them confidence that they have world class support systems
a breakthrough. joining me is former defense secretary william cohen, thanks so much for joining us. >> good to be this you. >> russia sounded a few different signals this week. putin in turkey, making some suggestions perhaps they would not be sticking with assad as strongly as they have been in the past. then this is the first time that foreign minister met with hillary clinton on assad, met with the u.n. mediator and we're being cautioned this is no break through but there will be follow-up meeting. seems some u.s. officials russia is hedging its bets or beginning to see a future without assad. >> i think that's the case. we've talked about this before, but there is a russian card to be played, to be played by russia itself. they have influence with president assad, they have interests in syria, and i think that they can see the handwriting on the wall that assad is eventually going to go, whether it's in the near term, long term, eventually he's going. you can see the shift in momentum as far as the rebels now starting to gain much greater military success than they have in the past. the
defense capabilities have been reduced with massive cuts in the defense budget, and perhaps more on the way. we've seen a president who is very comfortable with american decline, who seems to think that the united states is part of the problem, who thinks that a strong, assertive america with a major place in the world is part of the problem and is happy to have our influence recede. i think the vice-president's emphasis on our lack of credibility is quite significant when you hear administration spokes people talking about syria and tell assad there will be consequences if he use chemical weapons. what do they mine, indicting him in the international criminal court? that's their idea of serious consequences. it's no wonder that neither assad nor other dictators pay attention to us. >> greta: it's a real immediate risk that something will happen to those chemical weapons with the president of syria, and if something does happen, it will be a minute before tens of thousands of people will be dead. i'm curious. what would you -- number one, with 20/20 hindsight, what would you have
and 40 states, and they will resolve, i suspect the defense of marriage act case narrowly, only one section is actually an issue, section 3, in california they'll make a decision that might uphold the appellate court and keep it limited to california and i believe the court doesn't want to be, you know, overturning arrangements, throughout the country, something so delicate as this. they learned the lesson that that is not the right role for the supreme court. >> chris: let's talk about that. a lot of people make the comparison, to 1973. roe vs. wade. because, what is so interesting is that, public attitudes on same sex marriage changed dramatically. let's put up the map. 37 states, either by law or in their excuses, now ban same sex marriages, but, they are legal in 9 states, as well as the nation's capitol, washington, d.c. and a new poll, 40% approve same sex marriage and 30% support legal unions and 24% say same sex couples should not be allowed to enter into any such union and now we have president, kirsten, who came out in favor of same sex marriage and wants to leave it as a
viewing. patti ann? >> norah, the north american aerospace defense has been tracking santa every year as he travels around the world for christmas. ever since 1955 without fail. a new children's book shows how important this defense command is to keeping christmas safe. michael keen is the author of the night santa got lost. how norad saved christmas. great to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> what inspired you to write this book? >> i was embedd in iraq with the 101st air division we were in a town close to the syrian border in 2003. on christmas day the troops got me and dragged me out of bed early and wanted to show me something. dragged me outside flthrough a flood light on and illuminated this 50-foot christmas tree they put up. you can't find a christmas tree in iraq. it showed me the ingenuity and america's spirit of trying to celebrate christmas wherever they are. and the second event was a couple years later i was invited by u.s. air force general duncan mcnabb head of transportation command to the air force base. they do this incredible mission of delivering million
syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary panetta said it appears the embattled assad regime is preparing to do just that. >> there is no question that we remain very concerned, very thecerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on hemascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. ing eporter: monitoring of syrian basis like this one has picked up evidence engineers have loaded the chemicals which combine to form the deadly nerve agent sarin, into bombs that could be dropped airplanes. satellites have seen trucks moving among want bunkers where the weapons and agents are believed to be stored. u.s. officials say the evidence is strong but circumstantial, not definitive. but that, combined with fighting in the suburbs of damascus, has led to fears of what the assad regime might do. if it feels cornered. we asked jeffrey white, a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, what would happen if the rebels cut off damascus? >> it's the end of the regime. the regime can hang on for a while because it has t
of those who knew and loved him. players also taking to twitter. the chief defensive lineman jeff allen tweeting this afternoon i am still in shock. i don't want to believe it. rip jerry brown. ted de williams who played with dallas and is now corner back for the colts. the cowboys play tomorrow. the team was briefed about what happened. the team had arrived in cincinnati and when they got to the hotel they were escorted into the hotel. they did not stop to talk to any fans. obviously everyone traumatized by what they learned this afternoon. >> two promising lives one cut short the other changed no doubt forever. >> casey said it i mentioned it earlier as well. one week ago we were learning the details of another nfl tragedy. that's when kansas city chief linebacker belcher killed his girlfriend before driving to the chief's stadium and committing suicide in front of the manager. two dash cameras showing belcher asleep outside of the apartment dmreks arou complex about 3:00 in the morning hours before he committed murder. police questioned him for several minutes checking to see if he h
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